Super Bowl and fame: It's Greek to me

Updated: January 31, 2011, 1:14 PM ET
By Tom Payne | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Every year public interest in the Super Bowl grows, the parade of current and former famous athletes lengthens, the debate about who will perform at halftime intensifies, the NFL's biggest stage expands. Unprecedented? ESPN.com asked Classics scholar and author Tom Payne to provide perspective.

A nation riveted. Stars competing for even more wealth on the biggest stage. A stadium packed with people ready to heap glory or scorn on the players based on their achievements ...

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